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20-year-old pleads guilty to 2016 killing of Colorado sheriff’s deputy

Posted: 6:36 AM, May 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-30 08:36:30-04

A man has pleaded guilty to killing a western Colorado sheriff’s deputy in 2016.
  
Twenty-year-old Austin Holzer pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Geer.
  
The Daily Sentinel reports that the plea came a week into jury selection for his trial.
  
Holzer also pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and a sentence-enhancing crime of violence charge. He also agreed to a 70 year prison sentence under the deal with prosecutors.
  
Holzer was close to turning 18 when Geer was killed and was charged as an adult.